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Flyers likely to keep No. 2 pick in 2017 NHL Draft

Flyers likely to keep No. 2 pick in 2017 NHL Draft
Published On: Fri, Jun 02
December 27, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux (28) controls the puck against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) during the first period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall anticipates keeping the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, but said Friday he's keeping all his options open regarding potential trade offers.

"We'll listen," Hextall said. "I'm not doing my job if I don't listen. You never know what's going to come along. I don't anticipate trading the pick but you never know what comes along. You've got to be open to making your franchise better. If something comes along that makes us better, we'll consider it. But I do anticipate making the pick."

The Flyers moved up from No. 13 to No. 2 at the NHL Draft Lottery on April 29.

The 2017 draft is at United Center in Chicago on June 23-24.

Philadelphia is expected to choose either Brandon center Nolan Patrick or Halifax center Nico Hischier, the top two players in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters.

Patrick (6-foot-2, 198 pounds) was limited to 33 games because of upper-body and lower-body injuries. He had 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists), his 1.39 points-per-game average was 10th in the Western Hockey League and he won the Canadian Hockey League top professional prospect award at the CHL Awards ceremony.

Patrick told NHL.com on Wednesday that he passed his medical testing and was cleared for full participation in the fitness testing portion of the combine Friday and Saturday.

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